Bluetooth keyboard works with iPad but won’t connect to Mac

rockinrocker

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Any idea why my Bluetooth keyboard that works fine with my iPad won’t connect to my Mac Mini?

I set the iPad to forget the keyboard, then attempt to pair it to the Mac. It shows up in the list of devices, but always says connection failed when I click to connect.

Any suggestions?

Other Bluetooth peripherals work fine with the Mac.
I don’t have any other info on the keyboard as it was given to me second hand.

Thanks
 

CoastalOR

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My guess would be that the keyboard only supports bluetooth 4.0, which was not available in the 2011 Macs (from your sig).

EDIT: the 2011 MBP had bluetooth 2.1, but I think the 2011 mini should supported 4.0. Check the specs for your keyboard. Another thing to look at is the OS you have on your Macs.
 
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rockinrocker

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Thanks for the response.

It’s an older keyboard, so I kind of doubt it’s 4.0. As mentioned, I don’t have any other info on it, but I’d say it’s at least 4 years old.

And my MBP took a **** on me a couple weeks ago, which is a whole ‘nother story.
Need to update my sig.

I’ll check what version the OS is, not home at the moment. The one from last year I think?